Journalist Code of Ethics

About: society of professional journalists: spj code of ethics

Notice the disclaimer at the front in favor of the First Amendment:
source: ... The SPJ Code of Ethics is voluntarily embraced by thousands of journalists, regardless of place or platform, and is widely used in newsrooms and classrooms as a guide for ethical behavior. The code is intended not as a set of "rules" but as a resource for ethical decision-making. It is not " nor can it be under the First Amendment " legally enforceable.

... & in the elongated discussion section of the link provided:
source: ... Preserving those rights is a fundamental mission of SPJ " every bit as important to its members as sound ethics " and we don't want the pursuit of the one to have a negative effect on the other. American citizens’ constitutional rights to free speech and a free press are vulnerable, and they are placed in jeopardy whenever we allow them to be confused with or limited by the professional responsibility to act ethically. Instead, we encourage the exposure of unethical journalism as a means for rooting it out; more speech is the most effective counter measure.

I am still conflicted about the use of secret sources, classified information & lies & inaccuracies on page 1 retracted only later on page 33.


  1. ethics

See Also

  1. Thought Inquiry: The nature of an individual to a group. with 279 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  2. Thought Golden Rule & Islam - Burning Questions with 19 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  3. Thought Ancient Wisdoms in Politics & Ethics with 15 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  4. Thought Pelosi Threat with 6 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  5. Thought about: U.S. Seeks Silence on CIA Prisons with 4 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  6. Thought A good day for America! with 3 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  7. Thought My Ethic with Others with 3 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  8. Thought Chicago Style Thug Politics - NO CHANGE just Obama with 2 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  9. Thought Moral Equivalency & Moral Relativism with 2 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  10. Thought about: Partial Birth Abortion with 1 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  11. Thought The Shame of War In A Democracy with 0 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  12. Thought #BozoEthics with 0 viewings related by tag "ethics".
  13. Thought Embryonic Stem Cell Debate with 0 viewings related by tag "ethics".